The Bureau of Immigration (BI) was the government agency I referred to in my letter titled “Hiring and promotion abuses in government” (Inquirer, 6/20/12). “Immigration chief faces graft raps” (Inquirer, 1/28/13) was therefore no surprise to me. I am a victim of grave abuse of discretion by the same chief and those around him. Many [...]
This is in response to the column titled “Adding insult to injury” of Ramon Tulfo (Inquirer, 11/8/12). The article refers to the complaint filed in the Bureau of Immigration by former Trade Undersecretary Maria Teresa Cruz-Evangelista against a certain Muhammad Ali Nasser al Shehri, purportedly an employee of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Manila.
THE NEWS report titled “BI chief accused of favoring alien” (Inquirer, 9/10/12) is still fresh in my mind. It upset me so I made some inquiries. When news came out that President Aquino scolded the Bureau of Immigration officials and employees during their anniversary, I could only say to myself, “Serves them right.”
The art of the theater is symbolized by two masks—one smiling, standing for comedy, and the other crying, standing for tragedy. Of late, Filipino performers may be seeing more of the tragedy mask, as foreign productions flourish on these shores and local productions languish.
President Aquino has again used the occasion of an institution’s anniversary to take that institution to task—essentially for failing to live up to its highest ideals. This time it wasn’t a news organization, but a high-profile government agency: the Bureau of Immigration. We have gotten used to the President’s unusual candor, and think that in general it is a welcome change. But we must say that we found something amiss with the candid remarks he made at the BI head office.
This is in relation to Jocelyn R. Uy’s report titled “Bureau of Immigration uncovers new human trafficking scheme” (Inquirer, 8/4/12). The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), as the lead agency of the Inter-Agency Council Against Human Trafficking (IACAT) Committee on Advocacy and Communication (Advocom), would like to inform the public that the fight against human trafficking has resulted in tighter monitoring by concerned government agencies.
I am hoping that this letter about Bureau of Immigration personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) gets the attention of the officials concerned because putting an end to this irregularity would help a lot of Filipinos with a legitimate purpose in traveling abroad. I understand and appreciate very much the purpose of the [...]
By Ramon Farolan
Last week, some 300 employees of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) conducted a cleanup drive in Manila Bay picking up garbage from the shoreline along Roxas Boulevard. Together with members of the Philippine Coast Guard, Manila City Hall and other entities, the group was able to collect five dump trucks of solid waste material. Next [...]
By Ramon Farolan
After serving as the nation’s first commissioner of tourism under Presidents Ramon Magsaysay and Carlos P. Garcia, my father rejoined the Philippine Foreign Service when President Diosdado Macapagal appointed him ambassador to South Vietnam and Cambodia. At that time, Vietnam was divided at the 17th Parallel with the North led by the legendary Communist figure [...]